If you are looking for a short, snappy read that gives you a lot to think about, look no further than this beautiful little book by Deepak Chopra. It really is pocket-sized so it would be a lovely little gift idea to slip into a card for that special someone you know. Here is a brief synopsis of Chopra’s Laws to give you a taster:
1. The Law Of Pure Potentiality
Take some time each day to be silent, to fully connect with yourself, to just Be. Do this either at a quiet space at home or outside in the natural world. Practise non-judgement of Self and others and instead see the good in everything, including yourself.
2. The Law Of Giving And Receiving
Give a gift to everyone you encounter. This can simply be a smile, a pleasant thought or silent prayer. Practise gratitude everywhere you go. These habits create a cycle of love, joy and positivity in your life.
3. The Law Of Karma or Cause and Effect
Recognise the consequence of every action. Remember the old proverb, ‘you sow what you reap.’ Witness the choices available to you in every moment and remain fully present as you make them. Learn to trust your gut when making difficult choices.
4. The Law of Least Effort
‘An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing.’
Observe nature and the natural order of things. Use this knowledge to avoid wasting your energy chasing illusions and forcing your own agendas through. Learn to go with the flow and enjoy the process of all things. Accept things as they are and react accordingly. Chopra even goes as far to suggest practising defencelessness. He encourages you to fully experience and accept the present moment instead of resisting it and fighting back. Yes there are times when we need to stand our ground, but there are many more times whereby the smart choice is the swallow your pride and move on.
5. The Law of Intention and Desire
Attention energizes and intention transforms. Work towards a goal, immerse yourself in the process and avoid fixating on the outcome. Celebrate the journey. Ryan Holiday also talks about this when he discusses the concept of amor fati. Refuse to allow obstacles to consume your attention, enjoy them as building blocks towards success. Trust in a higher power that everything that is supposed to happen will happen accordingly.
6. The Law of Detachment
‘The ego and the Self dwell in the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life, while the latter looks on in detachment.’
The importance of letting go is reiterated here. This includes letting go of expected outcomes, material objects and achieving status. Attachment to these can only end in wasted energy and unhappiness. We are drawn towards our attachment to these things because they give us an illusion of security. However, creating this type of security is similar to building a prison and putting yourself on in the inside.
Instead of attaching yourself to objects, ideas, rules and expectations, celebrate uncertainty. Surrender to the unknown. Imagine you knew how your story ended and how that would affect your motivation. Embrace the uncertainty of life and see where you end up!
‘Our freedom from the past lies in the wisdom of uncertainty.’
7. The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life
‘We are spiritual beings who have taken physical form to fulfil a purpose.’
Life is short so it is important that you enjoy yourself through loving what you do. Each of us have a unique set of talents. Each of us has a purpose to fulfil before our time is up. Human beings are social animals. Working with others is why we are all here. Ask yourself daily, ‘how can I help? how can I serve?‘ If you link the answers to these questions to your talents, you are not far from discovering your own personal Dharma.
Start your own journey today by getting a copy of this book for only €6.50 (incl. delivery.) Read it in an hour, take notes and then pass it on. By doing so, you will definitely have contributed to the universal good!
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